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Nigerian basketball player, Ojo, dies while training in Serbia

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Michael Ojo, a Nigerian basketball player who
previously played for Red Star Belgrade, died at the age of 27 during a training session in the Serbian capital on Friday, the club said.

“We are deeply saddened by the news”, Red Star’s spokesperson Igor Vujicin told newsmen.

The club are yet to confirm the cause of the death, but local media reported that Ojo suffered a heart failure.

Raised in Lagos, the 2.16 metre (7 ft1in) centre played for Florida State University in the United States before coming to Europe to start his professional career.

After a stint with the Belgrade team FMP Zeleznik, he moved to European giants Red Star, where he spent two seasons, where he quickly became a fan favourite.

He had been without a club since June 30 but was still training with Red Star. But his former team released a statement mourning the loss of the “cheerful giant”.

“The sudden and shocking death of Michael has deeply affected everyone, players, coaches and the management of a club that accepted him from the first day, that he considered his own,” Red Star said.

EuroLeague also extended condolences to his family, teammates, coaches, “and many fans who enjoyed his stellar performances”.

Vincent Paul

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